Study: Canines Totally Into Reggae Music
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In what has to be one of the more important scientific inquires of the 21st century, researchers in Scotland examined the musical tastes of dogs and found that canines appear to be particularly fond of reggae and soft rock. For the study, which was conducted by the Scottish SPCA in partnership with the University of Glasgow, the BBC reports that dogs spent “significantly more time lying and significantly less time standing” when five genres of music were played: soft rock, Motown, pop, reggae, and classical.
“We were keen to explore the effect playing different genres of music had, and it was clear that the physiological and behavioral changes observed were maintained during the trial when the dogs were exposed to a variety of music,” explained PhD student Amy Bowman.
“Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences,” said Professor Neil Evans. “That being said, reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behavior.”
In 2015, the Scottish SPCA and University of Glasgow teamed up to show the calming effects that classic music had on dogs. The animal charity and rescue group currently pipes music into two of its kennels in Glasgow and Edinburgh, but hope stop expand the program to other facilities.